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Discussion on the Muckaty Station Decision and what it means for Radioactive Waste Storage in Australia
All presentations from the “Training Meeting on Effective Regulatory and Environmental Management of Uranium Production” held during August 2012 in Darwin are now available for download from the IAEA website.
Managing naturally occurring radioactive material (NORM) in mining and mineral processing
After it has been used as fuel for power plants, the thorium leaves behind minuscule amounts of waste. And that waste needs to be stored for only a few hundred years, not a few hundred thousand like other nuclear by-products. Because it’s so plentiful in nature, thorium is virtually inexhaustible. It’s also one of only a few substances that acts as a thermal breeder, in theory creating enough new fuel as it breaks down to sustain a high-temperature chain reaction indefinitely. And it would be virtually impossible for the by-products of a thorium reactor to be used by terrorists or anyone else to make nuclear weapons.
Read more at Wired Magazine at http://www.wired.com/magazine/2009/12/ff_new_nukes/
Western Australian Resources Minister Norman Moore said yesterday he expected a uranium mine to be up and running in WA within three years, a target the Greens have described as ambitious and a concern.
In a speech to the Australian Uranium Summit in Fremantle, Mr Moore said the Government was aware of five companies that intended to develop uranium deposits in WA and he expected at least one project to be working within three years.
Full story in the West Australian
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